Reuters reports on the recent efforts by India’s government to expand welfare programs throughout the country: “Since helping the Congress party win re-election last year, welfare has fast become the government’s knee-jerk answer to policy dilemmas as it tries to ease food inflation, help growth trickle down to the poor, and win hearts and minds in” the country, the news service writes.
Water and Sanitation
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“The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved legislation [by voice vote] Tuesday launching a government effort to provide 100 million people in the world’s poorest countries with first-time access to safe drinking water and modern sanitation,” CongressDaily reports.
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Millions Of Children In Developing World Have No Access To Clean Water, Latrines At School, Report Finds
A report (.pdf), released this week by UNICEF during the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development (DIHAD) conference, documents the challenges many schoolchildren in developing countries face in accessing safe drinking water and sanitation, United Press International reports (4/6).
Cities throughout the world are marking World Health Day today by promoting urban health, as part of the WHO’s “1,000 cities, 1,000 lives” campaign, CNN reports (Shaikh, 4/7).
“Though water covers our world, more than 97 percent is salty. Two percent is fresh water locked in snow and ice, leaving less than one percent for us,” writes National Geographic [Nat Geo] editor Chris Jones as an introduction to the magazine’s April issue that examines the effects of diminishing water supplies around the world. “By 2025, 1.8 billion people will live where water is scarce,” he adds (3/15).